My project has much more specific goals than this Bi Sh. All I want to do is find structure in a sequence.
It is amusing to speculate more broadly on intelligence. I’ve speculated myself that there might be non-human “intelligences”. But I was able to be clear about what I meant by that, in terms of searches for different kinds of structure.
I think it is only useful to talk about the problem in terms of searches for structure at this point.
Anyway, mine is a clearly defined project, based on the idea that finding structure in sequences is fundamental. It is clearly differentiated from other such projects. Most of which can also been seen as searches for structure. The point of differentiation is limited to ideas about how we should parametrize structure, and most specifically in my case, ideas about the complexity of structure which is possible.
I think it is true to say all, 99% anyway, of contemporary AI projects talk about finding structure.
So discussion which does not phrase the problem in those terms, I don’t think is useful. Things become too general, and you start philosophizing instead of building.
We already have a model. We are testing it, human or non-human.
But I’m curious what you mean by “cognitive mapping”. Do you have a reference for the work “decades back” so I can see exactly what you mean?